Matcha Mint Leaf Cookies

They can suggest a tea leaf and look great when served with Strawberry Flowers.

Matcha Tea is powdered green tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Chanoyu. Matcha is made by grinding the entire leaf and a small bit of stem into a fine powder. This significantly increases the antioxidant value and makes it one of the healthiest teas to brew and use in cooking. Even the small amount used for this recipe gives the cookies a nice green color without adding additional food dye.

 

Many different grades are now available and the cooking grade is much less expensive than the ceremonial grade.

Makes approximately 36 cookies.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoon dried, crushed mint
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Matcha tea
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Baking parchment paper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 º F.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the powdered sugar to the creamed butter until well blended. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Add almond extract, matcha powder and mint. Mix well. Add flour gradually. The batter will be stiff.

Chill in the refrigerator until firm. Dough can be formed into small, walnut-sized balls and placed on parchment. They will flatten slightly as they bake.  The parchment paper helps the back sides of the cookies brown evenly and not burn.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges.

Dough can also be rolled and then cut into shapes like the suggestions made in the Strawberry Flowers recipe. By dusting with a bit of flour on your pastry board, some is incorporated into the cookie dough and they hold their cut shape better while baking.

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